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Pacira to Acquire MyoScience, Adding FDA-approved ioveraº System for Non-opioid Pain Control

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and MyoScience, Inc., a privately held medical technology company, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of MyoScience by Pacira. MyoScience currently markets the ioveraº system, a novel, FDA-approved non-opioid treatment that alleviates pain through a mechanism known as cryoanalgesia, which applies intensely focused cold therapy to a specific nerve to interrupt its ability to transmit a pain signal. Results can be felt immediately after ioveraº treatment with pain relief that can last three months, and in some cases longer, as the nerve regenerates over time.  

“We are delighted to announce this strategic acquisition, which is highly complementary to EXPAREL and underscores our corporate mission to provide an opioid alternative to as many patients as possible,” said Dave Stack, chairman and chief executive officer of Pacira. “We believe the ioveraº system has significant growth opportunity given the key role it can play in the management of pain associated with both orthopedic surgery and persistent orthopedic conditions such as osteoarthritis. We will be working to leverage our strong commercial infrastructure, partnership network, including our substantial commercial collaboration with Johnson & Johnson, and deep domain expertise to drive widespread adoption of this exciting treatment. By combining ioveraº with EXPAREL, we are offering healthcare providers an effective, non-opioid multimodal regimen that can help mitigate or even eliminate the use of opioids for managing pain before, during and after surgery.”

“We are pleased to enter into this transaction and are confident that Pacira is the ideal fit to build the ioveraº franchise given their commitment to and proven track record of expanding patient access to non-opioid options,” said Timothy Still, president and chief executive officer of MyoScience. “This acquisition comes at a time when opioid abuse and addiction has reached epidemic proportions and alternative approaches to pain management are being mandated. We believe adding ioveraº to EXPAREL-based opioid-sparing protocols will help create an opioid-free perioperative and postoperative experience for many patients.”

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